Recently, we posted a news story which examined if Windows Phone 7 had been outsold by its predecessor, Windows Mobile. Unfortunately, that analysis appears to be accurate, as stats released by NPD, as Windows Mobile still held on to 3% of the market, and the newcomer WP7 took 2%, and WP7 debuted at a lower place than any other recent smartphone platform launch.
The reasons for this disparity make sense: WM had some inertia behind it, is available on all carriers rather than just a couple, and WP7 debuted mid-quarter. I’m sure by the end of this quarter, the situation will be very different.
Even so, this is a major slap in the face for Microsoft, as their new and shiny platform hasn’t performed as well as the one they’re trying to retire.